Early in 1954 Mr Sidney H Frank, a pharmacist that recently moved to Hailsham from Haslemere, asked one of his employees whether he thought there would be enough local interest for the formation of a Photographic Society such as he had been associated with in Haslemere. So the Hailsham & District Photographic Society (which in 1965 dropped the ‘& District' from its title) was born. The small group of keen photographers who first met in the Grenadier Assembly Rooms in response to the advertising posters displayed in the neighbourhood also included well-known Hailsham personalities such as Albert Hillman, Brian O’Dell, George Oxley, Norman Boniface, Brian Arndle and Les Miller, together with several doctors from Hellingly Hospital. Originally the Founders Cup was for monochrome prints but when colour came in this changed its designation and is now used as a trophy for the Advanced Print Competition. The entries for this competition originally had to have one edge of the print at least 30 cm and the maximum size of print could be up to 50 x 40 cm. However this was subsequently dropped and now all-prints must be mounted with the maximum overall size not exceeding 50 cm x 40 cm.